Domaine de la Chapelle de Vâtre produces two red wines, a traditional Beaujolais Villages AOC and a Fleurie Cru.
The Fleurie comes from our land just outside the world famous village and is an excellent example of the world renowned Cru.
We also produce a white Burgundy AOC wine from Chardonnay grapes and a Rosé Beaujolais Villages AOC from Gamay grapes. The Burgundy Blanc has all the crispness you would expect from a white Burgundy and the Rosé has just the right fruity taste with an edge of dryness. In 2016 we began to produce a Crémant de Bourgogne AOC sparkling wine in the Champagne style made from a blend of our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes.
Vâtre was rebuilt in the late 1990’s, keeping the spirit of the old 17th Century buildings, but adding contemporary interiors with modern fittings and fixtures.
At that time the vineyards that surround the Domaine, were renovated installing drainage to prevent erosion, re-planting and building a new, state-of-the-art winery and laboratory. The wine making equipment has all been renewed including air-conditioning, a chilling plant and an overhead, pneumatic membrane grape press.
The Domaine comprises 7.2 hectares of vines. There are 6.5 hectares of Gamay grapes and 0.7 hectares of Chardonnay.
The characteristics of the terroir are typical of North Beaujolais with granite, sand and moderate slopes. The Chardonnay planting has a higher level of clay, ideal for this type of grape.
The Gamay grapes are mostly picked by hand, whereas the Chardonnay grapes are machine harvested.